Lata Mangeshkar Death Anniversary: 15 interesting facts about the legendary singer and Bharat Ratna recipient

Lata Mangeshkar Death Anniversary: ​​Legendary singer and Bharat Ratna winner Lata Mangeshkar breathed her last on February 6 in Mumbai. She was 92 years old. The singer succumbed to multiple organ failure.

Tribute to legendary singer Bharat Ratna #LataMangeshkar Ji, today is the first anniversary of his death. My SandArt with the message “Meri Awaaz Hi Pehechan Hai” at Puri beach in Odisha.

– Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand)
February 6, 2023

While the nation is still recovering from its loss, below are some interesting facts about the Indian nightingale.

Lata Mangeshkar: 15 Lesser Known Facts

1- Lata Mangeshkar comes from a family of artists.

Lata Mangeshkar was the first daughter of Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar and Shevanti (Shudhamati). With her sisters Asha, Usha and Meena also being celebrated vocalists, Lata Mangeshkar belonged to a family of artists.

2- She changed her name to that of a famous person, Latika.

Born Hema, she was later renamed Lata, which was inspired by the name of a character in her father’s play Bhaaw Bandhan.

3- He started singing at the age of five.

Since her father was a theater actor and classical singer, she was exposed to music from a young age and began singing at the age of five. “It so happened that once my father asked his Shagird (disciple) to practice a Raag while finishing some work. I was playing nearby and suddenly a note from the Raag that the shagird was playing sounded. And the next minute, I was correcting When my father came back, he discovered a shagird in his own daughter,” Lata Mangeshkar recalled in an interview with Stardust.

4- Their first song never aired.

At the age of nine in 1938, Lata gave her first public performance at the Nutan Theatre, Sholapur. She recorded her first song in 1942 for the Marathi film Kiti Hasaal. However, the song “Naachu Yaa Gade, Khelu Saari Mani Haus Bhaari” was removed from the final cut of the film.

5- He became popular with Aayega’s song Aanewala.

Lata Mangeshkar’s song ‘Aayega Aanewala’ from the film Mahal in 1949 gave her the much-needed stardom.

However, Lata Mangeshkar was rejected as a playback singer when she entered the film industry because her voice was considered too weak at the time when Noor Jehan and Shamshad Begum ruled with their heavy nasal voices.

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6- Lata Mangeshkar never listened to her own songs.

While talking to Bollywood Hungama, Lata Mangeshkar once said that she never listens to her own songs because she would find several faults in her singing.

7- Ghulam Haider was his godfather and Madan Mohan was his favorite music director.

Music director Ghulam Haider was his godfather and showed complete faith in his talent. Lata Mangeshkar shared a special bond with music director Madan Mohan and mentioned Jahan Ara’s ‘Woh chup rahe’ as his favorite collaboration.

He once said, “He shared a special relationship with Madan Mohan, which was much more than what a singer and a music composer share. It was a brother-sister relationship.”

While he worked with many music directors and composers, he never worked with OP Nayyar.

8- Music composed for Marathi films.

In 1955, he composed the first music of his life for the Marathi film Ram Ram Pavhane and continued to compose music for numerous Marathi films under the pseudonym Anand Ghan.

9- His patriotic song made Prime Minister Nehru cry.

Lata Mangeshkar dedicated ‘Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon’ to the soldiers who lost their lives in the war of 1962. Her patriotic song made Prime Minister Nehru cry on January 27, 1963 at Ramlila Maidan, New Delhi.

10- 1974: The year that was!

Lata Mangeshkar became the first Indian to perform live at the iconic Royal Albert Hall. This was her debut on the international stage.

In the 1974 edition of the Guinness Book of Records, she was listed as the artist with the most recordings, having sung around 25,000 songs.

However, the claim was contested by Mohammad Rafi and until 1991, the book included his name along with Mohammad Rafi’s claim. Currently, Pulapaka Susheela holds the honour.

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11- Lata Mangeshkar was a passionate Cricket fan.

Lata Mangeshkar was a passionate cricket fan. She witnessed the historic victory in the 1983 World Cup and even organized a free concert to raise funds for the Indian team.

12- She also served as a Rajya Sabha MP.

She was nominated in 1999 as a Rajya Sabha MP and her term ended in 2006. When criticized for not attending the sessions, Lata Mangeshkar cited her illness and stated that she was reluctant to be admitted to the Rajya Sabha.

During her tenure as an MP, she did not take a single penny, not a salary, not a house in Delhi.

13- Her love story with Raj Singh Dungarpur.

It is said that Lata Mangeshkar and Raj Singh Dungarpur were in love, but they swore never to get married and remained friends for life. This was because the former BCCI president was born in a royal family of Rajasthan and promised his parents not to marry a commoner.

It is also reported that Raj Singh used to call Lata Mangeshkar by the name ‘Mithoo’.

14- Recipient of Bharat Ratna

Lata Mangeshkar was the second Indian vocalist to receive Bharat Ratna after Carnatic singer MS Subbalakshmi.

15- ‘Saugandh Mujhe Is Mitti Ki’ was his last song recorded.

He recorded his last song ‘Saugandh Mujhe Is Mitti Ki’ as a tribute to the Indian Army. The song composed by Mayuresh Pai was released on March 30, 2019.

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